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Chris wrote:Here are links to the Sattipathana Sutta and the Ananapansati Sutta. There is no more support for watching the breath at the nostril, or chest, than there is for the abdomen. It depends on the 'take' of the particular Bhikkhu teacher/translator.
Note 1: (Thanissaro' s take) To the fore (parimukham): The Abhidhamma takes an etymological approach to this term, defining it as around (pari-) the mouth (mukham). In the Vinaya, however, it is used in a context (Cv.V.27.4) where it undoubtedly means the front of the chest. There is also the possibility that the term could be used idiomatically as "to the front," which is how I have translated it here.
salaatti wrote:But doesn't it equally make sense just to "breathe in (and out) sensitive to the entire body"